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  • Summary: An independent game from Ninja Theory - makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West & DmC: Devil May Cry. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice takes you on a journey into savage viking heartland with Senua, a Celtic warrior struggling with trauma & psychosis.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 29, 2017
    100
    Hellblade is a kind of a game you have not played yet. Despite the smaller variability of enemies, it offers such a powerful experience that we have to recommend it. Senua's mind suffers and you suffer with her. Ragnarök is coming. [Issue#277]
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    95
    Hellblade is one of the game industry’s few genuine dramas – a dark, uncomfortable experience that makes players suffer alongside its protagonist. By intentionally avoiding the standard power fantasy in their designs, Ninja Theory has shined a light on mental illness, an important subject that many people are ill-informed about, and they’ve portrayed it in an immersive manner that no other storytelling medium could. For those up to the challenge, it’s a must-play, and one of the boldest and most important artistic endeavors games have seen in quite some time.
  3. Aug 17, 2017
    90
    Clocking in at around 6 hours, there isn’t any real replay value unless you’re someone like me who likes to go back to see how the experience changes after I’ve been enlightened with the full picture. While some may claim that it is far too short of a game, I would argue that it is the perfect length for this particular title, and as it retails at half the cost of a typical triple A game at $29.99, it more than justifies its asking price. After all, I certainly don’t think this would have been a better game if it was double the length at twice the cost.
  4. Aug 21, 2017
    85
    Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a clear example of a game as an art form with a strong message and a complex, layered narrative. It’s true that you’re sort of along for the ride and most of your interactions are through your emotional response to what is depicted rather than through the mechanics of the game, but is that such a bad thing?
  5. Aug 11, 2017
    80
    Ninja Theory ought to be praised for what it’s achieved – an adult story that’s told like no other, combat that’s skilful and harrowing, unique environmental based puzzles and light, scenic adventuring. It’s just a shame that some of Hellblade‘s gameplay components at times feel forced.
  6. Aug 8, 2017
    80
    Over the course of its journey, Hellblade keeps its gameplay lean in order to not overstay its welcome. Despite the complexity of the narrative and its presentation, combat only happens when it needs to, and puzzle solving and set-piece moments often drive the story forward to reveal more about Senua's motivations. Which in turn reveals the struggles that torment her, preventing her from moving on.
  7. Aug 27, 2017
    70
    Odd as it may sound to recommend a game moreso on its story, Ninja Theory’s latest is an interesting, if flawed, entrant.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 121
  2. Negative: 20 out of 121
  1. Sep 26, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Esse jogo é incrível! tem uma historia muito boa, e uma dificuldade que atrai, algumas mecânicas são repetitivas mas a historia compensa os pontos negativos! Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2017
    10
    I played this game in an Oculus Rift. The binaural audio paired with the VR only added to the masterpiece that this game is. AbsolutelyI played this game in an Oculus Rift. The binaural audio paired with the VR only added to the masterpiece that this game is. Absolutely magnificent in every way, 36 total years of playing video games religiously and I have never had a gaming experience to rival what this gem did. I feel like a different person after finishing it and I'm dying for another, please ninjas help us out and give us more Sinua! Expand
  3. Aug 8, 2017
    10
    Ninja Theory gives exactly what they promised! Epic story, beautiful visuals, triple a quality. Great experience especially for this price! INinja Theory gives exactly what they promised! Epic story, beautiful visuals, triple a quality. Great experience especially for this price! I really recommend checking out the dev diaries on youtube before jumping into the game, so you could appreciate the game even more. Expand
  4. May 12, 2018
    9
    Hellblade is a story centre game about a woman who is fightning with psychosis. The gameplay and the fight are very simple, but i didnt feelHellblade is a story centre game about a woman who is fightning with psychosis. The gameplay and the fight are very simple, but i didnt feel bad. I have worried about Senua, the main character during the fights, and i have never felt this in other games. The most parts of the game are walking and storytelling, but also there are some puzzles. The whole game is very frightening and terryfying. There is a dark atmosphere, that must be experience once. The 3D sound effects are fantastic with headphone. This is very realistic. The music is very good. The graphic is average, but this is not a triple A game, so that is not problem. i hope, there will be more games like this. Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2018
    8
    Different from what I am used to playing, but this is a pretty epic story that throws you in with things you are not used to. A good priceDifferent from what I am used to playing, but this is a pretty epic story that throws you in with things you are not used to. A good price point and engaging visuals! Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2017
    6
    It's a unique idea and concept, which initially won me over. Beautiful game, artistically it's pretty great. The fighting doesn't have muchIt's a unique idea and concept, which initially won me over. Beautiful game, artistically it's pretty great. The fighting doesn't have much depth to it, but that was expected, as long as it was made-up for in the story and exploring. I enjoy these kinds of games where you explore and unravel a story in the process. However, while the exploring brings you a lot of eye candy the plot itself isn't that captivating. The puzzles and challenges were interesting in brief times throughout the game but mostly felt repetitious and annoying. It feels like a game where they focused on visual detail while ignoring their writing and level design. Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2018
    0
    After 30mins of playing i knew what is awaiting me for the next couple of hours after realising, that i am opening already 3th "fire" doorAfter 30mins of playing i knew what is awaiting me for the next couple of hours after realising, that i am opening already 3th "fire" door after finishing a quest, for every one of them were the same with the same animations and same voices. You just walk doing repetitive stupid quests, some fights that feels like they are there just about nobody could say that there isnt any action. Only thing thats nice about the game are graphics, and i wont even give one point for that because it wont save the game for me. Expand

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